Release Date: 16/03/2012
THE Semi-finals of the NI Schools Umbro Youth Cup, NI Schools Umbro Intermediate Cup and NI Schools Umbro Minor Cup took place recently.
NI Schools Umbro Youth Cup
Holy Cross College 3 - 0 SERC (Downpatrick)
Holy Cross booked their place in the final of the NI Schools Umbro Youth Cup final thanks to a brace from Aaron Patterson and one from Tom Carlin. Patterson’s first came from a free kick which perhaps should have been saved but dipped under the body of Harkness with a strike from 20 yards. Holy Cross had started very brightly with McBearty and McGeehan controlling things but SERC came into the game after a ropey opening 15 minutes. Montgomerie and Kennedy were getting on the end of things and creating chances for each other. However SERC couldn’t find the finishing touches to some good approach play.
Holy Cross with only 10 minutes remaining wrapped the tie up with an excellently worked goal. McGillian, McGeehan and Patterson all linked up well with some fine one touch passing, with the ball ending up at the feet of the powerful centre forward Patterson who finished well with a low shot into the bottom corner. Carlin added a third after an exquisite through ball from McGeehan and superb first touch by Carlin, which allowed him to finish have a cool finish and give Harkness in goals no chance.
After the game Holy Cross coach Gerald Boyle wasn’t overly happy with his team’s performance, “Credit to SERC as they gave us a really good game, 3-0 is maybe a bit harsh as they played well and that was as poor as we have been all season. But we are through to the final and I am delighted for the boys.”
Holy Cross: McAleer, Molloy, Ferguson, Pollock, McElroy, McGeehan (c), Roarty, McGillian, Patterson, Carlin, McBrearty. Subs: Doherty, Houston, Harkin, McColgan
SERC (Downpatrick): Harkness, McNally, McMullan, Dorran, Holland, Morrow, Fitzsimmons, Healey, McGratton, Montgomery, Kennedy. Subs: Smyth, Hagan, McConville, Jennings
SRC (Lurgan) v Devenish College
Devenish College booked their place in the NI Schools Umbro Youth Cup Final with a convincing win over SRC (Lurgan). Robbie Little went closest in the opening stage but his lob over the SRC keeper. It was the constant aerial and physical threat of Josh McIllwaine that proved vital for the opening goal. He won a header flicking the ball on to the lively Little who bearing down on goal was taken down for a penalty. Woods dispatched comfortably and gave the Fermanagh men the deserved lead. The same combination of the Devenish front pair nearly lead to a second goal only to be denied by a fine save by Ryan Gilmor.
From the resulting corner centre back Woods header comes off the bar, post and out. SRC went close early in the second half with Noel Lawless free kick rattling the cross bar from 25 yards.
As SRC pressed to get one back Little picked up the ball inside his own half with no one to beat but the keeper, was denied by a superb last ditch tackle by the recovering McBride. Little was a constant threat in behind and he was brought down with 5 minutes to go by Tomas for a penalty. Woods stepped up and converted; although keeper Gilmor got a hand to it the strike was too powerful, 2-0.
Devenish: McDonald, Thompson, Maguire, Wood, McNulty, Doherty, Mitten, Smith, McIlwaine, Little, Johnston. Subs: Amos, Fitzpatrick, Gulter, Ogle, McCreery
SRC: Gilmor, McAreavry, O’Neill, Lochance, Carson, Tomas, Maxel, Lawless, McIlroy, Corriera McAllinden. Subs: McBride, Marshall
NI Schools Umbro Intermediate Cup
St Brigids 4 – 7 St Louis Grammar (Ballymena)
Ciaran Dobbin made himself a schools hero by hitting 5 goals in an incredibly entertaining Schools Cup Semi Final. Both sides produced some good football but the powerful performance of St Louis midfielder Dylan Fife was the building block of St Louis success. However Dobbin was the star of the show and scored some fantastic goals. They included some superb turns and flicks over defenders head before calmly lobbing the keeper, a powerful strike from the edge of the box, the individual skill shown was a delight to watch. St Brigid’s started with such energy and were two up in 2 minutes, Jamie Dunne proving a real handful and Shane McDowell with the goals. Dobbin pulled two back before the break.
McGoran got on the score sheet before Dobbin completed his hat trick. Only minutes later McCallion pulled one back for the boys from the Maiden City, 4-3. Jamie Dunne showed some fine individual skill as he broke through the middle and finished well, 4-4. Dobbin made it 5-4 before McGoran got his second and 6-4 as the game started to look like it was going to be St Louis in the final. St Louis answer to Cristano Ronaldo got his 5th of the game and put any come back out of the question.
NISFA Development Officer Conor Marlin reflected, “That was one of the most exciting games of football I think I have ever seen. Both teams had some very talented players but Ciaran Dobbin stole the show. He was probably the smallest player on the pitch but his finishing ability was outstanding. St Louis supporters I think gave them the extra lift they needed at times during the game. Both sides were brilliant and it was really worthy of a final.”
St Brigids: Cairns, O’Rourke, McCallion, Moore, McDowell, Dalzell, Kennedy, Scanlon, Fleming, Browne, Dunne. Subs: Boyle, Dixon, Porter, Murray
St Louis: Marquess, Griffin, Cochrane, Laverty, McGoran, Molloy, Fyfe, Hagan, McAuley, Dobbin, Lemon. Subs: Hampden, Hagan, Graham, Kennedy, McIvor
St Columbs College 4 – 1 Holy Cross College (Strabane)
St Columbs took the lead early on through Darren Rush but were pegged back straight away with a defensive mistake leading to a Quigley own goal. St Columbs were the stronger side in the first half and found the back of the net again through Emmett Hargan. McDermott was the busier of the two keepers and pulled off several good saves. Holy Cross came out strong in the second half with Shane Brennan, Dylan Forbes, Oran McShane and Cal Ryan all playing with more confidence. It looked like it wouldn’t be Holy Crosses day as keeper Doherty produced an outstanding treble save and five minutes later a point blank save from O’Neill. Holden showed his quality on the ball and was a threat on the break for St Columbs, but it was Rush who won and converted a penalty and Hargan who completed the scoring.
St Columbs Manager Mark Tracey stated, “We played well in the first half and Holy Cross pushed hard in the second. We are now looking forward to the final; it would be nice to defend our trophy and again go to represent Northern Ireland Schools in the British Isles Championships.”
St Columbs: D Doherty, Kirk, Quigley, McAdams, Canning, M Doherty, McDermott, Hargan, Rush, Holden. Subs: McDermott, McCartie
NI Schools Umbro Minor Cup
De La Salle 0 – 1 Boys Model
This game was worthy of a Cup Final with two very good sides providing an entertaining encounter. Both sides produced excellent displays of how to play football, with Dillian Johnson from the Model at the centre of all of the Models attacking plays. The young midfielder’s excellent range of passing and powerful shooting was the centre of the Models best play. It was Johnson’s powerful run from midfield and rasping drive from 25 yards that forced the keeper to parry the ball wide only to be finished off by Joseph McMullan and give the Model the decisive goal with only minutes remaining. Model’s Coach Colin Mills commented, “That was a fantastic game of football and both sides were a credit to their schools.”
Clounagh JHS 2 – 0 Our Lady & St Patricks Knock
Clounagh produced a powerful display as they booked their place in the final of the Umbro Minor Cup. It took a goal early on and a late goal OG to secure the win. Pablo Deandrade finished well from a narrow angle to give the Mid Ulster boys the lead. OLSPK were struggling to cope with the power of the young centre forward as he provided a threat throughout the game. Both sides produced a good display but Clounagh were too strong and in the last minute sealed the win after a cross from the left was knocked into their own goal by OLSPK.
Clounagh: Blair, McCartney, Tuxworthy, Browne, Whyte, Glass, Wilson, McNeill, Deandrade, McCann. Subs: Kernaghan, Hill, Telford, Macaililitus
OLSPK: Bakes, Nolan, Boyle, Toner, Murtagh, Campbell, King, Kelly, O’Keefe, Stronge, Murray. Subs: Breen, Healey, Rooney, Maguire, McConville
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